Oscar-Winning Actress Dies

Hollywood star Jennifer Jones was 90

Jennifer Jones, the Golden Age movie star who won an Academy Award for The Song of Bernadette, died yesterday at age 90. Jones, whose name was originally Phyllis Isley, was even more famous for her off-screen romances: first she was married to movie star Robert Walker, but she divorced him to take up with her producer and mentor, David O. Selznick. Selznick, who left his first wife to marry Jones (something that was big tabloid news at the time), guided her career and chose most of her projects. He also wrote and produced one of her most infamous films: Duel in the Sun, starring Jones and Gregory Peck in a sex-infused Western that critics dubbed “Lust in the Dust.” One of her most memorable films was Vincente Minnelli’s adaptation of Madame Bovary, where she played the title role. She retired from films in the ‘70s and led a very private life after that, saying that she preferred not to give interviews because journalists “probe and pry into your personal life.”

New York Times

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